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Blood Drive Challenge!

PENN STATE vs. MICHIGAN STATE Blood Challenge

This challenge is a competition between PSU and MSU communities to see who can collect more blood over the time period through their blood drives.

The challenge is begins on October 30th and goes through November 16th. Come and donate to help Penn State win the challenge!

Did you know…

If you donate whole blood ,  you must wait up to 56 days until you are eligible again. If you donate Power Red, you must wait up to 112 days until you can donate again.

This allows for your blood to properly replenish themselves!   

Blood 101: Donation Process

Have you ever wondered what happened to your blood after donating?

To make the journey from “arm to arm”,  every unit goes through a series of steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be.

Step 1: The Donation: 1 pint of blood and several small test tubes are                                            collected from each donor

Step 2: Processing: Blood in spun in centrifuges to separate the transfusable                             components – red cells, platelets, and plasma

Step 3: Testing: A dozen tests are preformed on each unit of donated blood –  to                     establish the blood type and test for infectious disease

Step 4: Storage: When test results are received, units suitable for transfusion are                    labeled  and stored

Step 5: Distribution: Blood is available to be shipped to hospitals 24 hours a day,                 7 days a week.

                           

Donor Story with Melody

When she was 17 years old, Melody collapsed at school and was rushed to the hospital with severe anemia. Her father made a request for blood donors at his work place and 100 men stepped up to donate blood for Melody that day. She now seeks to thank and repay those 100 donors with her own lifelong commitment to blood donation.

Blood 101

Did you know there are four major blood types?
  1. Group A can donate red cells to A’s and AB’s 
  2. Group B can donate red blood cells to B’s and AB’s
  3. Group AB can donate to other AB’s, but can receive from all others
  4. Group O can donate red blood cells to anybody. It’s the universal donor.
Don’t know your blood type? Come donate at one of our upcoming drives!  

Red Cross Pancake Dinner

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For the second time, the Penn State Student Red Cross Club will be hosting it’s Pancake Dinner fundraiser. This is one of the important events every year for the club because the funds earned here go directly to the club and allow us to keep doing the work that we are currently doing. It also allows us in the club to get to know members of our community and get to treat them to a nice pancake dinner. We invite you to bring friends and enjoy all you can eat pancakes with unlimited toppings and to get to know the members of the club, who will be cooking the pancakes and working the event. The event will be held on Monday March 27th from 5:30-8:00 at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church. Tickets to the event will be sold in advance for $5 from the SRCC office, located in 221C HUB. Tickets will also be sold for $6 at the door. We hope to see many of you there!

Contest Update!

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The Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Drive Challenge has reached it’s third week! Right now, after taking a commanding 336-184 lead, Penn State’s lead has begun to shrink just a bit, as of Monday with Penn State leading 493-395. Keep up the great work donating and volunteering to give blood. We all have to give it our all for this last push to win the contest! If you or anyone that you know can or will give blood, please try to get them to donate over the next few weeks to help our total so we can take home our third consecutive win over MSU! Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to help others in our community and around the country. Also, giving blood is a great way to commemorate Veteran’s day, which just passed, to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.  Appointments to give blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Photo Credit: Sean Rayford for the New York Times

Hurricane Matthew: How You Can Help

Photo Credit: Sean Rayford for the New York Times

Over the past week across Florida and the Southeastern United States, Hurricane Matthew has wreaked havoc and sent more than 27,000 people to almost 200 Red Cross and community shelters. This includes 22,000 people in Florida alone going to 133 shelters across the state. As people seek shelter and try to stay safe from this storm, more the 1,800 Red Cross workers are active or traveling to the southeast to assist at shelters and response teams. As a result of the storm, many blood drives across the southeastern coast have been cancelled resulting in an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. The cancellation of over 30 blood drives across 3 states has resulted in over 1,300 donations uncollected and there are likely to be more cancellations in the foreseeable future as the storm rolls on. The loss of platelet donations are especially concerning because they are a key component in blood needed by cancer patients. In part of the country that have been affected by the storm, the Red Cross strongly urges those individuals who are eligible to give blood to do so soon in order to ensure a steady supply of blood and platelets to those who may need the blood urgently. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).